418: American Anthem

Mar 31, 2020 | GymCastic, Podcast

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AMERICAN ANTHEM

The year: 1986
The film: American Anthem
The quality: low

Spencer and Jessica spend way too long this week on a deep dive into what is perhaps the most significant film in the gymnastics pantheon, teen sports-drama-romance American Anthem.

Jessica lovvvveeed this movie as a middle schooler. Spencer hates everything. It’s gonna get good.

We discuss it all: very excellent gymnast acting, backlit hair and 13-foot-wide denim jackets, THE TRIFFUS OF MURRRDERRR, an 11-week-old Jenny Rowland putting Daniela Silivas to shame, the lovely and sensitive handling of domestic abuse (jk it’s monstrous), storing your grips IN THE LEAVES, excessive gymnastics grunting sounds, and the true hero of this story—Becky Cameron.

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